KARACHI: Rescue teams from local administration and Pakistan Navy divers recovered as many as 22 bodies of persons who drowned at Sea View on Thursday.
According to reports, the bodies of the picnickers, most of whom were youth, were pulled out from different points of Clifton and Hawke’s Bay beaches, while search operation continued for the missing people until the filing of this report.
Karachi Commissioner Shoiab Siddiqui said it was difficult to stop merrymakers at the sea, as this was a long beach spreading from Clifton to Hawke’s Bay, Sandpit and beyond.
Despite imposition of Section 144 by the Sindh administration to go into the sea, the police and members of the local administration were not present at the scene of the incidents, witnesses said. DIG (South) Abdul Khaliq Sheikh said, “We did not receive any written circular from the local administration regarding imposing Section 144 – prohibiting swimming in the sea.” Later, the Karachi administration deputed police and Rangers on the coastal belt. Routes leading to different beaches were also sealed and police were ordered to start patrolling in these areas, said an official.
Meanwhile, President Mamnoon Hussain expressed his deep grief over the tragic incident.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of precious human lives in the sad incident. Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan also expressed his sorrow over the loss of lives. He also sympathised with the bereaved families.
Former president Asif Ali Zardari also expressed profound grief and shock over the Eid day tragedy at Sea View. He asked the provincial government to inquire into the tragedy and take appropriate measures to prevent the recurrence of such incidents.
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